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Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto: New York Film Critics go for movie stars in each acting category (photo: Cate Blanchett in ‘Blue Jasmine’) (See previous post: "Hot Jennifer Lawrence, Wet Robert Redford: New York Film Critics Winners.") Cate Blanchett was chosen as the New York Film Critics Circle’s Best Actress for Woody Allen’s comedy-drama Blue Jasmine. Blanchett, already touted as an Oscar 2014 favorite, plays a role with elements in common with Vivien Leigh’s Blanche DuBois in Elia Kazan’s A Streetcar Named Desire. Leigh was both the New York Film Critics’ and the Academy Awards’ Best Actress of 1951. (Full list of Nyfcc 2013 award winners.) Cate Blanchett has already won an Oscar — Best Supporting Actress for Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, in which she plays Katharine Hepburn — but this is her first Nyfcc win. Back in 2007, Blanchett, as one of several Bob Dylan characters in Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There, »
- Andre Soares
The stars took to Twitter to share their Thanksgiving wishes, with actors, actresses, writers, directors, musicians and media personalities revealing their holiday hopes, plans and what they're thankful for. Rob Lowe, Justin Timberlake, Lindsay Lohan, Lady Gaga and Forest Whitaker got sentimental while Stephen Colbert, Albert Brooks, Andy Cohen, How I Met Your Mother showrunner Craig Thomas and Ronan Farrow poked fun at the holiday. Photos: 17 of TV's Best Thanskgiving Celebrations Jon Favreau, Conan O'Brien and Jeremy Piven also used the opportunity to celebrate Thanksgivukkah, the rare convergence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. Check out what the stars are saying
- Hilary Lewis
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 21 Nov 2013 - 05:51
The underappreciated films of 1999 are the focus in our last list of 90s overlooked greats...
The year 1999 was a significant year for film in many ways. Apart from being the year that George Lucas began his Star Wars prequels with The Phantom Menace, it also saw the release of The Blair Witch Project, a horror film which became one of the first to use the internet as a marketing tool, resulting in a massive hit. The Matrix ushered in a new age of special effects filmmaking, arguably paving the way for the superhero blockbusters crowding into multiplexes today.
Mainly, though, 1999 was simply a brilliant year for film. Justly lauded movies like Fight Club, The Green Mile and Eyes Wide Shut aside, there were a huge number of films that didn't get the critical or financial success they deserved - so many, »
Who needs new TV shows? In this week’s issue of the magazine, our critics show us what’s in their personal collections of old culture, much of it you might’ve missed. All of it is available online, somewhere. Herewith, Matt Zoller Seitz on the eight great TV series you probably haven’t seen and seven great single episodes (or TV movies) you can find online. Series 1. The Comeback (2005) This HBO faux-reality program from Sex and the City showrunner Michael Patrick King follows washed-up sitcom actress Valerie Cherish (Lisa Kudrow) as she struggles to reignite her career. It’s one of the greatest one-season wonders in TV history, as corrosively funny and honest as early Albert Brooks: It’s hide-under-the-couch humor. 2. The Richard Pryor Show (1977) You know Pryor as the foulmouthed storytelling genius of standup comedy and the mostly watered-down clown of scripted features, but you might not »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
At the beginning (and throughout) every month, Netflix Streaming adds new movies and TV shows to its library. Here is a quick list of several that you might be interested in. (Some of these were added halfway through, or near the end of, October, but we're going to include them in this roundup anyway, since you may have missed their addition.) Feel free to note anything we've left out in the comments below.Broadcast News: This is what The Newsroom could be if Aaron Sorkin just dropped all the real world news nonsense and gave into his obvious desire to write romantic comedies. Still, comparing this to The Newsroom feels like a bit of an insult, as each member of this love triangle — Holly Hunter, William Hurt, and Albert Brooks — is both completely cliché and utterly unique in a way rarely seen anymore. Broadcast News is simply one of »
- Gilbert Cruz
The Los Angeles Dodgers' World Series dreams were dashed Friday night. The team loss 9-0 to the St. Louis Cardinals, and Hollywood Dodgers fans shared their disappointment in snarky tweets during the game. Rob Lowe tweeted "Dodgers starring in the movie "All Is Lost". And it's opening Huge," while Albert Brooks tweeted "For sale: Great seats to the Dodgers World Series." Photos: Hollywood and the Dodgers: Stars Who Bleed Blue Others were more sincere, with Ken Jeong tweeting "Congrats to the @Dodgers on a most amazing and unforgettable season" and Magic Johnson (a part owner of
- THR staff
Pixar often makes a habit of delaying its sequels for years, if not decades after the original, so it's not entirely surprising that the pieces are still coming together for Disney-Pixar's sequel Finding Dory. The apparent production troubles for The Good Dinosaur are a reasonable excuse, as it forced the studio to push Finding Dory on the back-burner, for a distant June 17th, 2016 release date.
All of this considered, we now have another confirmation of another returning character. Willem Dafoe recently announced he'll be returning to join Ellen DeGeneres on the voice cast, and he's already beginning to record as Gill, the weary and wise teacher. Dafoe claims Finding Dory has even more potential than Finding Nemo, and he can't express his excitement enough to return. He goes on to say it may be difficult to replicate the success of the original, so many years after, but that its certainly worth a try. »
- Gary Collinson
Finding Dory, the sequel to Pixar’s beloved Finding Nemo, will release in theaters 13 years after the original film, yet the story picks up but a year after Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres) and Marlin (Albert Brooks) braved reformed sharks, fields of sea mines, jellyfish, seagulls and so many other obstacles on their journey across the ocean to find and rescue Marlin’s son, Nemo. As such, things shouldn’t be so different in the Nemo universe when the second installment gets underway (unlike, say, how much had changed in the Toy Story world between the second and third movies).
Up to now, the only Finding Nemo supporting player ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Finding Nemo star Willem Dafoe confirmed that he is returning to voice Gill in the upcoming sequel Finding Dory. Here's what the actor had to say in a recent interview, revealing that he believes this sequel will be better than the original.
"Yeah I've already started. It's even better than the first. It's fantastic. It's good to say I think it's going to be better than the first; that's good advertising! It's difficult to repeat a success and so many years afterwards, but it's really cool. I've done one session so far and I just am going to have such a good time."
Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres are also returning as Marlin and Dory, and we reported in August that Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy are lending their voices to Dory's mother and father, Jenny and Charlie, along with Ty Burrell as Bailey. The story revolves around Dory finally reuniting with her family. »
"I've already started," Dafoe told Total Film. "It's even better than the first. It's fantastic. It's good to say I think it's going to be better than the first; that's good advertising!"
He continued: "It's difficult to repeat a success and so many years afterwards, but it's really cool. I've done one session so far and I just am going to have such a good time."
Disney recently pushed the film's release date back to June 17, 2016.
Picture gallery - Pixar at the movies: »
While it had already been announced that Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks would be reprising their Finding Nemo voice roles as Dory and Marlin, respectively, in Andrew Stanton's upcoming sequel, Finding Dory , the status of several of the original film's other key players has yet to be confirmed. That changes today as Willem Dafoe tells Total Film that he's not only coming back, he's already begun production. .Yeah I.ve already started,. Dafoe tells the outlet. .It.s even better than the first. It.s fantastic." DeGeneres, Brooks and Dafoe are joined by newcomers Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy and Ty Burrell for the June 17, 2016 release which takes place about a year after the first film. Set in part along the California coastline, the story also welcomes a host of »
A number of months ago, Disney-Pixar announced that a sequel to 2003s Finding Nemo was given the green light and Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres would return to voice neurotic clown fish father Marlin and forgettable flounder Dory respectively. A title of Finding Dory was confirmed and that the main plot would centre of the DeGeneres’ character as she sets out to reunite with her family one year after the original animated classic.
Well, you can now add Willem Dafoe to the list of returnees as he’s already began recording his unmistakable tones to Gill, the scar-faced leader of the rag-tag bunch of “sharkbait” kept in the tank at the Aussie dentists office. When asked by Total Film about his possible reprisal, the two-time Oscar-nominee said:
Yeah I’ve already started. It’s even better than the first. It’s fantastic. It’s difficult to repeat a success and so many years afterwards, »
- Craig Hunter
Back in April, Pixar announced that it's moving forward with a sequel to "Finding Nemo" that will be called "Finding Dory" and focus on Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) as she reunites with her family about one year after the original film. We already know that Albert Brooks and several other actors will return for the sequel. And now comes word that Willem Dafoe will also reprise his Gill role. "Yeah I've already started," the actor confirmed. "It's even better than the first. It's fantastic." Dafoe went on to say: "It's difficult to repeat a success and so many years afterwards, but it's really cool. I've done one session so far and I just am going to have such a good time." The new movie is set to hit theaters on June 17th, 2016. »
Maleficent, which was originally slated to open on July 2, 2014, is now debuting on May 30, 2014. As of now, its only competition is the Seth MacFarlane Western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West on May 30, 2014. Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning star in this live-action revisionist take on Sleeping Beauty, told from the villain Maleficent's point-of-view.
The Good Dinosaur has been pushed from May 30, 2014 to November 25, 2015, which is likely the result of Pixar removing director Bob Peterson last month. Peter Sohn remains on board as co-director, but the studio hasn't announced a replacement for Bob Peterson yet. The story is set in a world where dinosaurs never went extinct, and still roam the Earth today.
The studio has also pushed its animated »
Garfield plays a man who loses his home to foreclosure. Desperate, he eventually finds work with the manipulative real estate broker (Shannon) who took his house. The broker soon entices him into schemes to embezzle government money. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
This Friday the 13th, we are proud to bring you a new column called The Thirteen! The Thirteen will be a Top 13 list of a topic that we choose and the column will run every 13th of the month! The Thirteen is a collaborative column where we all decide on entries that fit said topic.
The topic this month: regular songs that have now taken on a haunting feel thanks to a film that used it in a unorthodox way. Now, every time we hear the song, we not only think of the film it was featured in but also get the heebie jeebies from it as well. It was inspired by Tiny Tim’s song Tiptoe Through the Tulips which was used in the film Insidious. With Insidious: Chapter 2 in theaters now, what better way to introduce this topic.
We had a lot of great songs to choose »
- Andy Triefenbach
It’s not the first time that The Little Prince has made its way to the big screen. The classic french novella from 1943 about a crashed pilot who meets a Little Prince who tells tales of his travels through the galaxy has inspired readers for years, and it’s about to get another makeover from Paramount Studios.
Albert Brooks (Finding Nemo) is the latest to sign up to lend his voice to the new project, according to Deadline. He is joining James Franco (Oz: The Great and Powerful), Rachel McAdams (About Time), Jeff Bridges (R.I.P.D.), Benicio Del Toro (Guardians of the Galaxy), Paul Giamatti (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Mackenzie Foy (Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2).
- Jess Orso
For all the things that Hollywood has going for it, there just isn.t enough Albert Brooks going around out there. A talented writer and director, Brooks has the acting chops to turn menacing in a drama or be the funniest guy in the room when he.s in a comedy. The problem is, he.s a lot less prolific than his thespian brethren, and I can.t keep it to myself. (Broadcast News, anyone?) Deadline reports he.ll be lending his vocal talents to the upcoming animated adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry celebrated novella The Little Prince for Paramount. It.s not the best we could have hoped for, but he.s definitely a solid addition to this already impressive cast. Unfortunately, as with most of the other actors, there.s no real sign of who Brooks will be voicing, and it.s only mentioned that he.ll »
• Albert Brooks, known in the animated world for voicing the part of Marlin in Finding Nemo (and its upcoming sequel), will lend his voice to Paramount’s animated adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince. He’ll be joining James Franco, Jeff Bridges, Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro, Rachel McAdams, and Paul Giamatti in the Mark Osborne-directed pic. [Deadline]
• Cate Blanchett will narrate the IMAX documentary Journey to the South Pacific, which explores the islands of West Papua. The IMAX-only documentary, directed by Greg MacGillivray, will be released on Nov. 27. [THR]
• Willem Dafoe, who recently scored the part of »
- Lindsey Bahr
Rounding up some casting: Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis will star in Hellion, an indie drama about a fractured family living in a small Texas town. Guy Ritchie cast Luca Calvani as the villain in his adaptation of the 1960s spy series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. alongside Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, and Alicia Vikander. Albert Brooks joins James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Jeff Bridges, Benicio Del Toro, and Paul Giamatti in the star-studded voice cast for The Little Prince. Details after the break. Writer/director Kat Candler premiered the short film Hellion at Sundance last year. Here's the description: "All hell breaks loose when seven-year-old Petey is left with his hell-raising brothers. But things go from bad to really, really bad when Dad gets home." Deadline reports Candler will develop Hellion into a feature led by Lewis and Paul. It was surprising to hear earlier this season »
- Brendan Bettinger
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